Available from 11th October 2019
Release Date: 19th June 2020
Released in 2012, the first ASC & Sam KDC collaborative LP - Decayed Society was part of the beginning of a stretching of each artists musical output. ASC had just released his debut Ambient LP for Canadian label Silent Season to a warm reception, and Sam KDC had commenced his ambient music journey on Auxiliary in 2011 with Marine Light and Symbol 3 so the stage was set.
To say it went well would be an understatement. 8 years later, after a large amount of CD’s sold and a recent vinyl press that quickly sold out the pair have reconvened and created a follow up.
Somewhat warmer than Decayed Society in subject matter and feel, A Restless Mind explores the depths of melancholy, providing a soundtrack to the minds transient drift. With their differing styles complimenting each other aptly, there is a sense of temperance from both that enables the hovering clouds of ambience and defining elements each has created to melt into each other and build a mesmerising motif that binds the entirety of the LP.
A Restless Mind is a soundtrack for contemplation and introspection, something we could all do with in 2020.
a1. ASC & Sam KDC - Searching For A Memory
a2. ASC & Sam KDC - Awakened Senses
b1. ASC & Sam KDC - Another Evasive Dream
b2. ASC & Sam KDC - Fleeting Premonition
c1. ASC & Sam KDC - Interoception
c2. ASC & Sam KDC - A Lasting Impression
d1. ASC & Sam KDC - Delusions
d2. ASC & Sam KDC - Fading From Memory
Release Date: 19th June 2020
Haunting, ethereal, sublime. This already beautiful composition gets the Roque treatment. No digital, no repress.
The artist has chosen to donate proceeds from this release to Black Girls Code, who aim to empower girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
a1. Roque - Brown Baby
b1. Roque - Instrumental
Release Date: 12th June 2020
a1. Edmondson - Masquerade
a2. Edmondson - Kloof
a3. Edmondson - Persian Palaces
b1. Practitioner - Vacant
b2. Practitioner - Journal
b3. Practitioner - 1815
Release Date: 17th April 2020
Next up on UVB76 is Bokeh. Delivering a variation of genres and styles over a 4 track EP. Including some experimental techno, heavy drum & bass & an ambient piece for good measure.
a1. Bokeh - Gathering Traces
a2. Bokeh - Explored On Film
b1. Bokeh - Several Decades Of Depression
b2. Bokeh - Other Special Occasions
Released 13th March
Originally released via Terraform Records in 1995, ‘Systems E.P. 1’ was certainly too ahead of its time to meet with success back in the day. That said, as years went by, so swelled the reputation of this sextet of visionary, alien-engineered jams, soon turning the once $1 bin find into a highly sought-after item on the second-hand market. Much to the displeasure of hardline speculators but for the greatest joy of skint ’90s sound lovers, KOC reissues the Systems experience in full force and effect.
Harbouring a trio of submersible ambient-tech and 303-driven breaksy weapons, Red Shift’s own dedicated A-side has lost nothing of its soul-fulfilling appeal. Getting the ball rolling, ‘3rd Moon’ skippers us to brightly hued sound niches, where trancey acid motifs merge with slo-moving ambient pads and uptempo breakbeat on a frenzy. Laced with a hint of bleepy abstraction, the more lascivious, piano-laden ‘Audity’ then shifts the scope to further introspective depths before ‘Himalayas’ takes us on a mind-expanding ride across imaginary snow-capped summits and lushly forested slopes.
Flip it over and here comes Ether and their mightily explosive ‘Detonator’ – a wild and woolly acid number that shall not go without conjuring up memories of the early Prodigy’s mid-nineties rave exploits. Not to be confused with that of his contemporary Australian counterpart, Escape Artist’s ‘Rain Eternal’ evokes the soulful RnB suavity of Sade’s classics, adorned with otherworldly organic warbles and addictive piano stabs. Constants of Nature vibey closer ‘Slow Symmetry Breaking’ rounds off the journey on a further distinctively atmospheric note, perfect to muster up the energy and drive to take it on the lam from our crazy world.
a1. Red Shift - 3rd Moon
a2. Red Shift - Audity
a3. Red Shift - Himalayas
b1. Ether - Detonator
b2. Escape Artist - Rain Eternal
b3. Constants of Nature - Slow Symmetry Breaking